Leadership Toledo is a non-profit organization that expands awareness of community issues and opportunities; provides contacts in human services, business, education, industry, and government; prepares participants for more active and informed involvement in community affairs; and, recognizes individuals and/or organizations for their community involvement and efforts.
According to Bill Kitson, United Way president and CEO, "It's important for non-profit leaders to be active with Leadership Toledo and its Community Leadership Development Training. Having leaders who understand the issues facing our community is beneficial to all of us. For United Way and its Volunteer Center it increases our ability to mobilize resources and change lives."
Troche said by participating in Leadership Toledo’s development training, she hopes to gain “knowledge and access to resources in the community; the ability to network and develop business relationships with individuals who have an interest in the betterment of this city and region; and the opportunity to meet current and future leaders of this community.”
Troche is a Latina professional who is engaged in community organizing and has experience with academic enrichment, mentoring and other leadership development programs. She is originally from Cleveland, is of Puerto Rican descent, and the mother of three daughters.
Troche also sits on a number of committees and organizations such as Northwest Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Strategic Alliance of Toledo.
Chair of the Selection Committee, Harlan Joelson, is pleased with the committee’s decision. According to Joelson, “Sonia Troche is a well-rounded enthusiast with a strong desire to make a difference. Her extensive community involvement, prior to receiving this scholarship, is a clear indication as to the passion Sonia will bring to Leadership Toledo’s training program.“
This annual scholarship is awarded based on rigorous criteria including a personal interview by a panel of judges. In order to be considered for the scholarship, the applicants must:
• Work and/or reside in the greater Toledo area;
• Be active and involved in the community; and
Ø • Commit to one year of volunteer service to United Way after completion of the 2006/2007 Leadership Toledo program.
United Way’s Volunteer Center is committed to meeting the community’s volunteerism needs and fostering continuing involvement of volunteer leadership from all sectors. To learn more about volunteer opportunities in our community, call United Way 2-1-1. Simply dial 2-1-1 or from cell or payphones 1-800-650-HELP.